Old Treasury Building

Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.

The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

What can I see?

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.

Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!

Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry
(schools and groups by appointment ONLY)

Group visits by schools and community groups are welcome by appointment, costs apply. 

Old Treasury is host to many events during the year, including the recent AFL Grand Final Parade.  

'Sailing into Melbourne'  Free Exhibition at Old Treasury

Melbourne is Australia’s most important maritime trading hub; this new show at Old Treasury Building Museum traces Melbourne’s rich port history from 1842 until now.

The exhibition investigates a history of technological change and ingenuity from clipper ships to containerised transport, hand loading to mechanisation and dramatic public works on the waterfront.  ‘Sailing into Melbourne’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of Melbourne’s life as a port city. The shipwrecks, prison hulks, quarantine, maritime defence and troop embarkation.

Visitors can view a series of works from the mid-1800s that look at the darker side of the Port, including records on floating prisons and documents describing the conditions early migrants endured to reach Victoria.

The exhibition features archives, photographs, maps and plans from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.

Behind the Scenes Tours

You can also view Old Treasury Building's hidden secrets with a qualified guide.

Tour 'Behind the Scenes' of the Old Treasury, showcasing the rare and exciting collection of paintings kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection.  This collection of wonderful paintings provides an insiders glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians from the 1840s to 1870s.

Tours are also available with one of our qualified guides and find out more about the building and documents on display. For tours only, visit the Executive Council Chamber, the historic room where the Governor of Victoria meets to sign legislation into law. Find out more about Melbourne's fascinating gold rush past!

How long does the tour take?

Visits take approximately 50 minutes.

How much will the group tour cost?

Group tours cost $8.50 per person or $6.50 concession.

How do I book a group tour?

Complete the booking form by clicking here.

We will contact you to finalise arrangements for your visit.





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Making Public Histories Seminar Series

Cultivating Community:   Garden-making and public history

In this Making Public Histories seminar, Melbourne historians Richard Aitken, Christina Dyson and Sharon Willoughby explore how historians read plants and landscapes to tell important stories about our past that can illuminate our future.

Reflecting on local landscapes such as Royal Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, they also discuss how history helps us to understand and conserve our shared heritage of gardens and parklands in Australia.

Date: Thursday 25th September, 2014 6.00pm—7.30pm
Venue: Cowen Gallery, Level 2a, Swanson St. State Library of Victoria

Enquiries: (03) 8664 7099 inquiries@slv.vic.gov.au
Book online: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/gardenmaking- and-public-history

This is a free event.  




School Programs

Primary and Secondary Schools Programs

Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).  

 Bookings essential

Phone: 03 9651 2233

Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.

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